Sunday, 14 August 2016

The Dom Tames Rapunzel by Sydney St Claire

Title: The Dom Tames Rapunzel
Series: Once Upon a Dom (#5)
Author: Sydney St Claire
From: Netgalley
Genre: Erotica, Romance, BDSM
Release Date: 24th June 2016
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Jessica Lowe is bored with the endless round of parties her life has become. When she’s invited to Pleasure Manor to attend a coveted Fairy Tale role-play event, she’s ecstatic, even if the Dom sponsoring her is an old high school classmate. But he’s not the nerd he once was, and she can’t help but ache for the bossy, domineering man he’s become. Jasen remembers Jessica as the spoiled little rich girl who used her status and beauty to get what she wanted. From what he’s seen and heard lately, not much has changed. She has a reputation topping the Doms in his BDSM club. But he plans to tame this sub once and for all. For three days, she’ll be his Rapunzel. But to Jasen’s surprise, there is much more to Jessica than the pampered princess who demanded he do her homework, and he’s just the man to help her discover exactly who she is. 

So reasons I figured I'd start with reasons why I picked up this book. Firstly I have a complete weakness for fairy tale retellings (might have given that one away with the fact I wrote one!) Secondly I enjoy reading books with BDSM elements, probably because its something I won't experience in the "real world". In the past I've read some terrible books combining the two of them, but I gave this one a go and I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed it. 

While the events of the book are mostly set at a BDSM event, the BDSM itself wasn't overly hardcore (think spankings and a bit of voyeurism rather than anything extreme) and it certainly made for some great sex scenes between Jasen and Jessica. The two of them had great chemistry and that showed on the page. 

Jessica and Jasen had a past before the book, but that allowed them to grow as a couple. The past made things a little more complicated feelings wise, but that complexity helped make their characters that bit more believable. The author also allowed the two of them time to talk to each other (and not about sex) which made them normal. 

The parallels between this story and Rapunzel were definitely there, without the darker aspects of the story, and the HEA tied everything up perfectly. This was a good read!